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Family to put missing man to rest after remains identified

Tinana's Bill and Jan Cross with a photo of Robert who went missing in 2006. In September, Mr Cross said  he believed the bones found belonged to his son who was 36 when he went missing.
Tinana's Bill and Jan Cross with a photo of Robert who went missing in 2006. In September, Mr Cross said he believed the bones found belonged to his son who was 36 when he went missing. Robyne Cuerel

UPDATE: For seven years, Bill Cross has wondered what became of his son Robert. Now he finally has answers.

Robert went missing seven years ago and at the time Bill believed his son may have travelled north to visit family or for a job.

As the years passed, Mr Cross knew the chances of his son being found alive were diminishing.

Then in September last year, bones were found in a lonely grave on a Maryborough property when the owners of the property were inspecting the work of an earthmoving contractor and they alerted police.

When Mr Cross heard the news, he knew in his heart the bones were those of his missing son - and now dental records and DNA evidence have confirmed his fears.

His wife Jan, Robert's stepmother, said she had always held out hope that Robert was working in North Queensland and that he was still alive.

She said the DNA results had just confirmed what she and Bill already knew, but the finality of the news had still left them "a bit shattered".

Mrs Cross said the results of the tests had given the family some closure and they were hoping they would now be able to give him a proper burial.

"We can put him to rest now - there's no more wondering," Jan said.

EARLIER: Police have confirmed the remains uncovered on a Maryborough property in September last year are missing man Robert Cross who disappeared in 2006.

"We believe his remains were located," a Maryborough CIB spokesman said.

"DNA played a part in identifying Mr Cross but DNA identification is never 100% positive or conclusive but it certainly played a part in identifying the remains as being that of Mr Cross."

He said there was no criminal element involved in the investigations and it was believed Mr Cross might have taken his own life.

In September last year, Rober's father Bill Cross said he believed the bones belonged to his son, who was 36 when he went missing.

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Topics:  bones, maryborough, maryborough police, missing man, skull



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